Qld community infrastructure gets $100m funding boost

Wednesday, 31 March, 2021

Qld community infrastructure gets $100m funding boost

Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Regional Councils will receive a share of $100 million over the next three years, as part of the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP).

Toowoomba Regional Council will receive $5.11 million, Lockyer Valley Regional Council will receive $4.03 million and Somerset Regional Council will receive $3.89 million.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Steven Miles said this is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, to create jobs across SEQ by assisting councils to fast-track investment in new infrastructure.

“We made a commitment during the election to provide an additional $200 million over six years to the 12 councils in the South East. We’re delivering on our promise with the rollout of the first $100 million today, which will help councils deliver projects that will stimulate employment, boost local economies and improve communities,” Minister Miles said.

Minister Miles said the South East councils received $100 million in 2020, through the COVID Works for Queensland program and the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package, to help deliver 151 projects. It is estimated that the projects will support or create more than 2500 jobs.

“This funding has gone towards great community infrastructure like a learn-to-ride course at the new Fairways Park in Lockyer Valley equipped with imitation road signage, pump tracks, dog park, nature play elements, shelters, barbecues and more,” Minister Miles said.

The funding has also contributed to water security upgrades to the Jondaryan Reservoir, new Trunk Water Mains to meet growth in Meringandan and a new pipeline connection to provide a high-reliability treated water supply into the township of Valeview from Toowoomba.

“In Somerset Regional Council we’ve funded sporting facility upgrades including a recycled water pipeline at Fernvale Sports Park to help keep the fields maintained during drought and LED field lighting for Lowood Recreation Complex, Kilcoy Hopetoun Field and Esk Recreation Grounds,” Minister Miles said.

The SEQCSP has allocated $74 million to the councils, while the remaining $26 million will be distributed on a competitive application basis.

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